The Glasshouse Mountains were last weekend inundated with a record number of teams and young touch players for the 2004 Queensland Junior State Cup. Over 97 junior teams from around Queensland participated in the event, travelling from as far north as Rockhampton, as far west as Chinchilla and Toowoomba and south from Ballina. The local Sunshine Coast Region was well represented with 28 teams attending, including representatives from Maleny Witta, Caboolture, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy, Noosa, Kawana and the host venue Glasshouse Mountains. Gold Coast and Brisbane once again dominated the finals day, winning all major finals except the Under 11 boys, which was won by Hervey Bay. Several local teams from the Sunshine Coast Region also performed well, including Caboolture, Hervey Bay and Maleny Witta, claiming Plate final titles and making many finals appearances. Melanie Woosnam, Executive Officer of Queensland Touch, was extremely pleased with the success of the 2004 Junior State Cup. “This is QTA’s flagship event and is the most popular junior participation on the Queensland Touch calendar. It is great to see such a wide representation of teams from throughout Queensland. However, the QTA realise that this event would not be the success that it is without the support from the parents, coaches and managers and the wonderful band of volunteers that the sport so heavily relies upon,” said Ms Woosnam. The Junior State Cup is the largest participation event for Queensland junior association players and provides young players with the opportunity to compete in a fun atmosphere where participation and enjoyment are the key elements. The Glasshouse Mountains Touch committee and the Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club did a fabulous job in preparing the venue for the sixth consecutive year proving the popularity of the Sunshine Coast. RESULTS Under 11’s Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Blue def Bundaberg 4-2 Boys Plate Final: Redlands def Toowoomba 3-2 Girls Final: Brisbane Metro def Caboolture 4-0 Player of Final: Kate Deagon (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Katelyn Horsnell (Labrador Dodgers) Boys Final: Hervey Bay def Labrador Dodgers 7-4 Player of Final: Mitchell Broom (Hervey Bay) Player of Series: Lochie Pearce (Toowoomba) Under 13 Division Girls Plate Final: Ballina def Toowoomba 3-1 Boys Plate Final: Gold Coast def Toowoomba 2-1 Girls Final: Gold Coast A def Caboolture A 4-0 Player of Final: Jessica McCabe (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Lisa Golding (Glasshouse Mountains) Boys Final: Brisbane Metro def Labrador Dodgers 5-2 Player of Final: Matt Hopkins (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Blair Forsyth (Redlands) Under 15 Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Blue def Gold Coast B 6-1 Boys Plate Final: Rockhampton def Maleny Witta 14-0 Girls Final: Brisbane Metro Red def Gold Coast A 7-1 Player of Final: Ali Brigginshaw (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Kendal Bonner (Gold Coast) Boys Final: Brisbane Metro def Ballina 9-4 Player of Final: Wyman Kingi (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Kyle Everate (Ballina) Under 17 Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Mangia def Rockhampton 4-3 Boys Plate Final: Rockhampton def Caboolture 10-5 Girls Final: Gold Coast def Brisbane Metro Red 6-0 Player of Final: Alyce Hulbert (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Ashleigh Fanning (Redlands) Boys Final: Gold Coast def Brisbane Metro 2-1 Player of Final: Jerome Waitohi (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Chris Small (Redlands) Kerry Norman Medal: Toni Etherington (Gold Coast) Scott Notley Medal: Ben Matheson (Rockhampton) Rachel Moyle: email@example.com
The North Queensland Touch Association (NQTA) is proud to announce an exciting new event on the Touch Football calendar with the inaugural Mad Cow Tavern North Queensland All Stars Super Challenge to be held at Townsville’s Queens Park on October 5 & 6, 2013.The event will be run alongside the 2013 North Queensland Junior Regional Touch Football Championships and will showcase the best Touch Football talent across the North Queensland region.Games will be played over four fifteen minute quarters and will provide an insight into the elite level of the sport to the region’s junior players.The All Stars concept will comprise of a three game mixed-gender series with game one to be played in the afternoon of Saturday October 5, games two and three played in the morning and afternoon of Sunday October 6, respectively.Representative players from affiliated competitions in the northern part of the region, encompassing an area from Thursday Island to Cardwell, will go up against representatives from southern competitions in an area that extends from Ingham to Mount Isa and Mackay.The two sides will be made up sixteen of their area’s best players, eight male and eight female.NQTA Executive Officer Billy Grant said the new event will be a great opportunity for the region’s representative players to show off their skill as they play against the best the region has to offer.“Our representative players are some of the best in the country and the (Mad Cow Tavern) All Stars Super Challenge will be their chance to show that in front of their own region,” Mr Grant said.“We believe that the concept not only offers the chance to promote the sport and the talent that exists in North Queensland, but also showcase the pathway available to children in the sport.”The Mad Cow Tavern’s Mark Napier was happy throw his support behind the event, coming on board as the inaugural naming rights partner.“The All Stars Challenge is sure to highlight the region’s Touch Football talent and we are happy to be a part of it. We sponsor many local sporting teams and events in the region and we are really looking forward to this one.”Further information about the Mad Cow Tavern NQ All Stars Super Challenge will be posted on our Facebook page (facebook.com/nqtouch) and Twitter (twitter.com/nqtouch). Our website will be the home of all the news, event action and results – www.nqtouch.com.au.Related Filesmedia_release_-_mad_cow_tavern_nq_all_stars_super_challenge-pdfRelated LinksNQ All Stars
Saturday night, after Kentucky lost its first and only game of the 2014-2015 college basketball season, sophomore guard Andrew Harrison made a big mistake at his team’s post-game press conference, uttering a very NSFW phrase while his microphone was turned on. Harrison, who is facing criticism for the transgression, has since apologized.If you missed it, Harrison, after listening to his teammate Karl-Anthony Towns get asked about Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky, muttered “f*** that n****” to himself. Undoubtedly, it was stupid. But it was not racist. And there is no double standard going on here.For some reason, a number of college basketball fans are making the argument that if the situation had been reversed, and it had been Kaminsky uttering those words to himself, he’d be labeled a racist. Any by that logic, because Harrison isn’t being labeled as a racist, and because he isn’t likely to face any serious punishment, there is a double standard going on here.We’re not making this up. There are hundreds, if not thousands of tweets about it.If Andrew Harrison was white, we’d have a national catastrophe on our hands. Talk about a double standard— Alex Petik (@MuskyMaster5033) April 5, 2015Such a double standard with race I hate it. Andrew Harrison says what he says and it doesn’t get blown up but if it was other way around…— Tyler Boyle (@theeroyalboyle) April 5, 2015If Frank K had said the EXACT same thing about Andrew Harrison, think it would’ve been swept under the rug? What a double standard!— Dtrain41 (@DaneHenderson1) April 5, 2015If Andrew Harrison isn’t kicked out of school it’s a double standard @KentuckyMBB— Lara McGlynn (@lalalaLaraxo) April 5, 2015Obviously, if Kaminsky, a white man, had called Harrison, an African American, the n-word, he’d have been (rightfully) labeled a racist. There’s no doubt there. But comparing this to the Oklahoma SAE issue is absolutely insane.Where’s the disconnect here? Whether or not you agree with it, many African Americans refer to each other using the n-word. It’s part of the hip-hop culture. It’s part of the locker room culture. Heck, even ESPN’s Michael Wilbon admits that he and his friends use the word to “endearingly” refer to each other. To be clear, there was nothing endearing about what Harrison said about Kaminsky. But in the context of the situation, if Harrison had said “F*** that dude”, he’d be essentially saying the same thing.Harrison acted like a sore loser, and again, he should never have said what he said. But there is no double standard here. Just stop.
zoomImage Courtesy: Intermarine Ocean transportation and marine logistics services provider Intermarine and its affiliates, Industrial Maritime Carriers (IMC) and Industrial Terminals, Management, have transferred the leasehold ownership of their terminal assets to Watco Companies.As informed, the parties have entered into a long-term agreement “for continued and future use” of Industrial Terminals, a project cargo port.Intermarine inked the deal with Watco for the provision of stevedoring and terminal services as Industrial Terminals is directly adjacent to Watco’s Greens Port terminal on the Houston Ship Channel. Under the deal, Intermarine staff will remain located at Industrial Terminals.Combined, the two properties are comprised of 746 acres, seven berths and more than 5,000 feet of dock space.“Our ocean carriage business has evolved with the changes in the market and the transaction with Watco will allow us to seamlessly and efficiently continue operations at Industrial Terminals, while focusing on our core liner and worldwide chartering services,” Michael Dumas, President of Maritime Holdings and CFO of Intermarine, said.“We are very excited to add the Industrial Terminals assets to the Greens Port Industrial Park and enter into a long term agreement with IMC. The combined assets will allow us to expand the service offerings,” Bill Kinzeler, Vice President of Network Strategy for Watco Terminal and Port Services, commented.
As the season winds down for the Ohio State men’s soccer team, the remaining stretch of games might be their toughest test yet.Four out of the next five games will be Big Ten showdowns for the Buckeyes. These games will ultimately decide who wins the conference championship and what team could make it to the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes’ remaining Big Ten opponents are Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. The lone non-conference game is against West Virginia. Penn State and Indiana are leading the Big Ten, and Wisconsin and Michigan are tied with OSU for fourth place. OSU is within striking distance of claiming that top spot, making the Buckeyes’ next few games very important.OSU plays Penn State on Sunday in a game that could decide who wins the conference. Penn State sits at 2-0-1 in the conference. They have beaten Michigan State on the road, Michigan at home and tied Northwestern. OSU sits at 1-1 in the Big Ten.“If we want a conference championship we have to beat Penn State,” coach John Bluem said. “If we don’t beat Penn State, I would say we’re probably out of the conference championship race already. So for us it becomes a knockout game already.”Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Bluem said that as the season winds down, OSU cannot lose more games. Every game from this point on means a lot in the conference race and the ability to make the NCAA Tournament.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team is more than a month away from kicking off its 2011-12 season, but its Final Four hopes have already taken a small hit. OSU announced Monday that incoming freshman LaQuinton Ross was ruled an academic non-qualifier by the NCAA and will not be on the Buckeyes roster when the team opens practice on Oct. 14. Ross, who according the Rivals.com was the No. 43 overall recruit in the class of 2011, was the highest-ranked of the five players who committed to play for OSU coach Thad Matta this season. In his senior season of high school, Ross averaged 25.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. As an academic non-qualifier, Ross did not meet the academic standards that are required for all NCAA Division I athletes. According to the NCAA’s official website, an incoming student must be a high school graduate, achieve a 2.0 GPA and present a qualifying score on either the SAT or ACT. Academic non-qualifiers are not permitted to receive an academic scholarship for a full year, meaning that Ross likely won’t play for the Buckeyes until the 2012-13 season, at the earliest. Despite Ross having signed a letter of intent last November to play for the Buckeyes, being ruled as an academic non-qualifier returns his status with the NCAA back to that of a prospect. As a prospect, Ross is allowed to be recruited and can sign to play with schools other than OSU, granted that he academically qualifies for the 2012-13 season. Ross has spent the past summer in Columbus, playing alongside current and former OSU players. CBSSports reported on Monday that Ross, who attended high school at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., would be returning to his home state of Mississippi to “take a class and retake the SAT.” From his Twitter account, @qross2011, Ross posted on Friday at approximately 7 p.m.: “Struggling is something I’m use to!! I seem to bounce back everytime this time want be any different!!” The Buckeyes were hoping that Ross, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, would help replace some of the perimeter scoring that the team lost when forward David Lighty and guard Jon Diebler graduated. With senior guard William Buford and sophomore swingmen Deshaun Thomas and Jordan Sibert returning this year, it is possible that Ross may not have found playing time in Matta’s rotation. With 2010-11 All-American and OSU leading scorer and rebounder Jared Sullinger returning for his sophomore season, the Buckeyes are expected to be a top-five team to start this season. OSU kicks off its regular season on Nov. 11 against Wright State in the Global Sports Shoot-out.
Sadio Mane is loving life alongside his fellow strike partners, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and he has warned Real Madrid that there is more to come from themThe three forwards made history in the semi-finals of the competition by becoming the highest scoring-trio in the Champions League after Mane had scored in the return leg against AS Roma in the ninth minute of the match.The Liverpool striker has scored 19 goals this season and has warned Real that more are on their way.“I think more goals are coming! Of course, I am happy, but as a striker, you’d love to score every single game to help your team,” said Mane, according to Irish Independent.“Now we have one more important game, so why not try to do our best, score for the team and win the trophy?”While the 26-year-old’s goalscoring tally pales in comparison to Firmino’s 27 and Salah’s 44, he is loving the experience of playing alongside the duo.“Like I have always said, I have always been enjoying playing alongside these great players,” said Mane.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“They make everything easier for me. I am a lucky boy.“But we always talk about the front three. Don’t forget it starts with the guys behind. They make it easier.“The power of Liverpool Football Club is the collective. We always do everything together, this is our power.”Saturday’s final at Olympic Stadium in Kiev will be Liverpool’s first final in the Champions League in 11 years with the club aiming to lift the famous trophy for the sixth time in their history.
Celtic advanced to the quarter-finals of the Betfred Scottish League Cup with a 3-1 victory over Patrick Thistle but manager Brendan Rodgers was far from impressed.Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was unhappy with his side’s performance, saying in the post-match interview that his side was “not very good” and that their “intensity” and “pressure”, were below par, according to Eirsport.Celtic led 1-0 at the break, thanks to a Leigh Griffiths goal, Patrick Thistle equalised on the 73rd minutes.The leveller sparked life into Brendan Rodgers’ side, with two quick-fire goals from Moussa Dembele and Tom Rogic to guarantee Celtic a spot in the last eight of the Scottish League Cup.“We were far too passive in our pressing and [did] not [have] enough intensity. And of course that gave them an opportunity in the game, because of course if you’re slow in that, then normally you’re slow in your attacking play as well.”Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“Yeah, okay, we had the ball, and were reasonably comfortable, but a lot of our game wasn’t very good today,” said Rodgers.“When you’re at a club like Celtic you have to win and we didn’t do that [against Athens]. But football, as I say, what you learn is that there are no guarantees, and you always have the opportunity to come back again and we did that today.”“But in terms of performance level, it wasn’t very good,” added Rodgers.“We’ve had a couple of targets we haven’t been able to get in. But I’ll continue to work with the players, and I’ve always had a very good relationship with the board here and that’s the same. We want to improve the team and we’ve got until the end of August to do that.”
The Foxes’ defender was wanted by Manchester United but his club decided to slap a £75 million price tag on himAfter Leicester City decided to put a £75million price tag on Harry Maguire, deterring Manchester United’s intentions to buy him, Harry Maguire is focusing on the future.The Foxes’ center-back says he respects his team’s decision not to let him move to The Red Devils.“There was obviously a little bit of interest, you’ve probably all seen,” he told Metro UK.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“The owners spoke with me and they reiterated that I wasn’t for sale at any price.”“So I respected their decision, they’re the ones that gave me the chance to come to Leicester and play for such a great club,” he explained.“So I respect that decision, and I just got my head down and got ready to play the season for Leicester.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School’s Strings, Chorus and Soundscape Acapella group, along with the 8th grade Chorus, held its Winter Concert on Thursday, December 6, 2018 in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the concert. Watch it below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/2/7/9/1/8/f279182a-1fc2-417f-b8b7-ab3752a2a8121544205967.316%2B48988666.360%40castus4-wilmington%2B15442098141544208053979219.vod.720p.8th%20Grade-HS%20Chorus%2C%20Soundscape%2C%20HS%20Strings.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/2/7/9/1/8/f279182a-1fc2-417f-b8b7-ab3752a2a8121544205967.316%2B48988666.360%40castus4-wilmington%2B15442098141544208053979219.vod.720p.8th%20Grade-HS%20Chorus%2C%20Soundscape%2C%20HS%20Strings.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Chorus FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Concert with 7th & 8th Grade Strings & Chorus, WHS Chorus & SoundscapeIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2018 Wilmington Spring Choral ConcertIn “Videos”
Chinese president Xi Jinping speaks flanked by his wife Peng Liyuan (R), French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on 25 March. AFP File PhotoThe leaders of China, France, Germany and the EU were set to meet in Paris on Tuesday for “unprecedented” talks on how to improve ties, despite growing jitters over Beijing’s massive investments in Europe.It comes ahead of an EU-China summit in Brussels next month and a day after Chinese president Xi Jinping signed an array of deals with France including a huge aircraft contract.At a glitzy state dinner on Monday evening French president Emmanuel Macron said he hoped to build a “new global governance” with China and would discuss this at the “unprecedented meeting with the German chancellor and the president of the European Commission”.”This is an important gesture that we are making now. It is testament to your deep attachment to China’s cooperation with Europe… and my desire to build a strong Europe,” he told Xi.German chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will join Xi and Macron at the Elysee Palace to explore “points of convergence” between the two trading giants.On Monday China and France inked a dozen deals on nuclear power, cultural exchanges and clean energy, while Beijing also committed to buy 290 Airbus A320s and 10 A350 airliners from Europe’s Airbus conglomerate.The order, originally for 184 A320s for 13 Chinese airlines, was first announced during Macron’s state visit to China in January 2018.All of the deals, including one on French exports to China of frozen chicken, amount to a total of some $40 billion.Xi’s visit poses a particular challenge for Macron, who wants to deepen EU ties with China while pushing back against Beijing’s growing global clout.Speaking at the Elysee Palace on Monday following talks with Xi, Macron called for a “strong Europe-China partnership”, adding that this must be based on “strong multilateralism” and “fair and balanced” trade.Meanwhile Xi stressed that “a united and prosperous Europe fits in with our vision of a multipolar world”.”China will always back European integration and its development,” he added in a statement to the press.Around 200 guests including the French actor Alain Delon, who is widely known in China, French electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre and Chinese actress Gong Li attended the state dinner on Monday.New Silk RoadEarlier on his trip, Xi visited Italy, which became the first G7 state to sign up to China’s vast “New Silk Road” infrastructure project that has sparked unease in the US and the European Union.Macron announced that France and China will cooperate on a number of investment projects in some of the countries involved in the initiative, a massive undertaking to link Asia to Europe.Italy’s participation comes despite misgivings over the huge venture by other European nations wary of China’s growing influence.Xi has insisted the project will be a two-way street of investment and trade.But EU Budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger in a newspaper interview over the weekend expressed “concern that in Italy and other European countries, infrastructure of strategic importance like power networks, high speed rail lines or harbours are no longer in European but in Chinese hands”.Europe’s distrust of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which is poised to become the dominant player in next-generation 5G mobile technology worldwide, is also emblematic of the increasingly rocky relationship.The US is pressuring European allies not to use Huawei technology, saying it creates a security risk by potentially letting Beijing snoop on sensitive communications.France has so far not ruled out using Huawei technology.As well as addressing commercial cooperation and strategic issues with Xi, Macron has also been urged to deal with the case of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese former head of the France-based Interpol police agency.Meng’s wife has had no news of her husband since his arrest in China nearly six months ago. It emerged Sunday she had written to Macron asking him to bring up his disappearance with Xi.Meng is believed to be facing corruption charges.Despite the many sources of friction, France wants to engage China as a closer partner as Washington becomes more isolationist under Trump’s “America First” policy.For example, Macron may seek more Chinese support for the French-backed G5 Sahel force fighting Islamist extremists in Western Africa, French presidential aides said.
James BaldwinOn August 2, 2014, cities across the country will celebrate James Baldwin’s 90th birthday, honoring a giant of American literature. In Baltimore, the James Baldwin Literary Society will be putting on a weekend of events to celebrate the author’s legacy as well as provide a forum for African-American authors to share their work and paths.Baldwin was one of the 20th century’s great literary voices, a writer of important novels such as Go Tell It on the Mountain, and Giovanni’s Room. He also wrote numerous plays and essays, dealing with America’s inability to adequately address or heal from its legacy of racism.Paula Whaley, the baby sister Baldwin honored with the dedication in his first collection of essays, Notes of a Native Son, spoke to the AFRO before heading to New York City. This weekend she will be present for the renaming of a section of E. 128th Street in Harlem in honor of her brother. Whaley said Baldwin would be “flabbergasted” to see so much attention lavished on him. He was a man who preferred to be seen simply as a writer rather than the celebrity he became.Whaley, who lives in Baltimore City and runs the Oneeki Design Studio in Charles Village, discussed the lessons she learned from her brother during an AFRO interview in April. “I learned a lot about the way you live in terms of risking things,” said Whaley. “For me, simply because of who we are or who we were, and because of the father that my siblings experienced, we dealt with great fear. A lot. So part of my journey has been – and he (Baldwin) taught me in terms of looking at the world, going within – dealing with your fear, in order to face it.”Kevin Brown, one of the cofounders of the James Baldwin Literary Society (JBLS), established in Baltimore City in 1986, said it was Baldwin’s courage that shaped his greatest legacy. “Speaking truth to power,” said Brown of that legacy. “Being unbought and unbossed. Never allowing the status quo, the mainstream media, to reframe, repackage, shorten his speech, make him a sound bite. James Baldwin has never been a sound bite. John F. Kennedy is a sound bite: ‘It’s not what your country can do for you’; Lyndon B. Johnson is a sound bite; Bull Connor is a sound bite; Martin Luther King Jr. – I hate to say that – is a sound bite: ‘I have a dream.’ James Baldwin never became a sound bite. Never. There’s too much ‘there’ there.”JBLS has three events planned for the weekend of Aug. 1, all of which will take place at Nancy’s, a cafe on North Avenue and N. Howard Street owned by Brown. On Friday, the cafe will host a cocktail party and reception, featuring readings from Baldwin’s corpus, including the essay “Nothing Personal,” and the nonfiction book The Evidence of Things Not Seen, which Brown says are in their 50th and 30th year respectively.On Aug. 2, the date Baldwin would have turned 90, Nancy’s will host the 20th anniversary of the publishing of New Breezes Literary Magazine, a series of anthologies featuring emerging African-American writers that was first published in 1994. At the event, a number of authors who published their work in the anthologies will read selections and discuss the careers the anthologies helped launch.Alma Roberts, the editor of New Breezes, spoke of the way Baldwin helped shape the way we view writing today. “Here was this giant of a literary figure, and he himself in his personal life broke numbers of barriers, that really sort of made people move past the traditional thinking about writers and especially African-American voices,” said Roberts. “His messages were powerful and they resonated not just with African-Americans but with the majority, general population as well.”On Aug. 3, the cafe will host a brunch, featuring live jazz from John Milton Wesley. Anyone interested in attending one of the events should email JBLS at email@example.com@afro.com
While it looks unlikely that the residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia will become the state of Washington, D.C. during the Republican-led U.S. Congress, the city agency charged with getting statehood is moving forward undeterred.On Dec. 6, the D.C. Statehood Commission held its last meeting of the year at the John A. Wilson Building, including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), D.C. Statehood Sens. Paul Strauss (D) and Michael Brown (D) and D.C. Statehood Rep. Franklin Garcia (D).Bowser said legislative activity on Capitol Hill makes the need for statehood for the District critical. “It is important that the work in front of us proceeds,” the mayor said. “In recent weeks, there has been substantial legislation that has been passed in the Congress and we have not had a voice. Tax reform has passed both houses and it is unclear what the impact on D.C. will be. Our congresswoman didn’t have a vote in the House and there is no voice or vote in the U.S. Senate from D.C.”While the residents of the District pay federal taxes and have to honor obligations of citizenship such as being drafted into the military in a time of war, the city is represented by a delegate, who can serve and vote in committees but cannot vote on the House floor. The delegate is Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1991.Bowser said the Senate’s tax reform plan “will benefit the one percent and raise taxes for the middle class.”“Does their tax plan work for D.C.,” she said rhetorically. “We should have a vote on those deliberations.”Beverly Perry serves as a senior advisor to Bowser and is charged with working with the D.C. Statehood Commission. Perry said there is progress on Capitol Hill for statehood.“Congresswoman Norton has 141 co-sponsors for her statehood bill and in the Senate, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) has 20 co-sponsors,” she said. Norton introduced the “Washington, D.C. Admission Act of 2017” and Carper has brought forward companion legislation in his chamber.Perry outlined the states she and her staff are focusing on for statehood support. “The states that we are targeting for D.C. statehood support are Arizona, Washington, Alaska, New Mexico, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Georgia, South Carolina and New Hampshire,” she said.Perry’s staff reviewed extensive data to determine the target states. In addition, Perry plans to ask local organizations to reach out to their national memberships to support statehood and establish a speaker’s bureau.She also noted that the District gets 20 million visitors each year and said that they are ripe for persuasion on statehood. “We will have statehood education kiosks at Union Station and at Reagan National Airport,” she said. “Also, we are planning on having signs that show the actual boundaries of the state of Washington, D.C.”While the members of the commission were satisfied with the work of Perry, there was still frustration that the statehood effort hasn’t caught on with some people. “I am angry and I think we should all be angry,” Brown said, voicing his anxiety at the media and residents who don’t show up for statehood strategy meetings.Brown said the $75,000 budget he works with is inadequate, given that he has a website and a radio show dedicated to the cause. Strauss said that celebrities such as comedian Dave Chapelle have taken up the statehood cause and that the movement is a member of the Unrepresented People’s and Nations Organization, which recently voted to support statehood.Garcia said that while reaching national and international audiences is great, he said local support is critical as well. “We need to make sure that D.C. statehood means something to the common D.C. citizen,” he said.